Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. EDT: Destinee Hooker carries U.S. women to volleyball win: She scored 19 points Friday, doing more than her part to help the U.S. women’s volleyball team secure the top spot in their pool with a preliminary-round victory against Serbia in straight sets. The team is among the favorites to medal in London.
Friday, Aug. 3, 2:17 p.m. EDT: From a 13-year-old from Togo, youngest athlete in London Games: “This isn’t my first time swimming in a big pool.” A trio of swimmers from Lesotho, Niger and Togo may not be winning any medals, but they are swimming in “uncharted waters” and making their countries proud, according to a Guardian profile of Adzo Kpossi (a 13-year-old from Togo, the youngest competitor in this year’s Olympic Games), Moussa Adamou (a 14-year-old from Niger) and Masempe Theko (a 25-year-old from Lesotho). The three competed in the first heat of the first round of the women’s 50-meter freestyle yesterday, each knocking at least 5 seconds off their personal bests. When a reporter asked Kpossi an admittedly “patronizing” question (if she was just excited to be there), she replied, “No, no, no, I am used to it. I went to the world championships in Shanghai last year, so this wasn’t my first time swimming in a big pool.”
Friday, Aug. 3, 10:38 a.m.: Kellogg’s moves fast to put Gabby Douglas on Corn Flakes box: Gabby Douglas, who won the Olympic women’s all-around Thursday after taking home gold in the team competition earlier this week, is already on a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, the Detroit Free Press reports. USA Gymnastics sent a tweet with a photo of Gabby holding the box. Kellogg’s is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Today Gabby appeared on the Today show with three other American women who have won the all-around title: Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 7:18 p.m. EDT: Team USA gets record win over Nigeria: The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team not only remained undefeated in its game against Nigeria today — it also set records, getting 37 points from Carmelo Anthony and breaking the Olympic mark for points in a game in a 156-73 rout, the AP reports.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 3 p.m. EDT: Gabby Douglas becomes first African American to win gymnastics all-around title: U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas has won the women’s gymnastics all-around title at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It’s a huge victory for the 16-year-old and the country, giving the United States its third consecutive Olympic all-around championship, and making her the first woman of color to take home a gold medal in the event.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 10:06 a.m. EDT: McCoughtry was “dominant” player in women’s basketball win against Turkey: Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to help the Americans beat Turkey 89-58 on Wednesday night. “From the minute [McCoughtry] stepped on the floor to when the game ended, she was the dominant player. That’s something that I think we have that very few, if any, teams in this tournament have, so I’m fortunate to have that option,” coach Geno Auriemma told ESPN.
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 5:41 p.m.: USA men’s basketball: Who can expect more playtime in later rounds? The team beat France 98-71, thanks in no small part to LeBron James and Kevin Durant, and went on to rack up a huge victory against Tunisia with a score of 110-63. Bleacher Report speculates that certain players were “reserved” during the latter game, “to prevent an utter horror show in favor of Team USA,” and predicts that we’ll see more playing time from Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony in later rounds.
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 5:39 p.m. EDT: USA women’s basketball: Australia and Russia are biggest threats: The team easily won both of its first two games, defeating Angola and Croatia. But is a gold medal guaranteed for Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and their teammates? Bleacher Report takes a close look at the upcoming matchups.
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1:11 p.m. EDT: Volleyball star Destinee Hooker making an impact: Twenty-four-year-old Destinee Hooker of the U.S. women’s volleyball team opened the Olympics with 21 points in a 3-1 victory over South Korea and then scored 23 points in the second game, a win over Brazil. Hooker is a first-time Olympian who ESPN says is on a “rapid rise as one of the international game’s top players,” noting “her graceful agility belies her 6-foot-4 frame, and she’s surprisingly strong for her thin build.” When it comes to her unique name, she told TMZ, “I honestly find nothing wrong with it. I love my name. I have been dealing with it since I was a child. People can be childish.”
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 9:45 a.m. EDT: Gymnast John Orozco: “I hope I can be a role model”: An Associated Press piece chronicling the “changing face” of U.S. gymnastics declares that John Orozco, Danell Leyva and Gabby Douglas are “at the front of a new wave that could render the notion obsolete that elite gymnastics are for mostly affluent, predominantly white suburban kids.” And USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny told the Associated Press that there’s been a movement at the club level to embrace diversity. “When they see kids that really want to do the sport, they’ll go above and beyond to keep them in the sport. I think John Orozco is an example of that,” Penny said. Orozco’s goal, as he puts it: “I hope I can be a role model and a good inspiration for kids that have been in my situation.” While he and his teammates struggled through a disappointing performance at the team competition Sunday, he’ll have a chance to compete again Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. ET in the men’s all-around finals.